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CONCORD, NH – Concord Community Music School has received an Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation grant for $10,000 as part of the bank’s Targeted Grant program, which is focused on supporting immigrants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The grant is in support of Concord Community Music School’s dedication to including New Americans as faculty, performers, students, and community partner organizations.

Eastern bank big check Brian Lavoie and Peggy Senter Sept web size

The Foundation is awarding a total of $1.5 million in grants to local nonprofits that address issues facing immigrants, which can include providing assistance for people seeking asylum and for separated families, basic adult education including English for speakers of other languages, workforce training, and support for immigrants serving in the US military.


“Eastern Bank is pleased to support New Americans in pursuit of educational, employment and partnership opportunities at Concord Community Music School,” said Brian Lavoie, SVP Commercial Lending, Eastern Bank. “Partnering with the Music School on this initiative was a natural extension of our commitment to community and to doing good things to help people prosper. We hope that New Americans prosper here and enjoy all of the wonderful benefits that the Music School has to offer.”

“We’re enormously grateful for Eastern Bank’s support and recognition of our efforts to include New Americans as members of the Music School community,” said Peggy Senter, president of the Music School. “As a community music school whose roots are in the Settlement House tradition of welcoming New Americans a century ago, our mission of inclusion and artistic excellence has a natural connection to this work. We are thrilled to welcome Harimaya Adhikari and Sagar Khatiwada onto our faculty, and to work with more than 40 New American students this year.”

PHOTO: Brian Lavoie, SVP Commercial Lending, Eastern Bank, presents foundation grant to Peggy Senter, President of Concord Community Music School.

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About Concord Community Music School

Concord Community Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and is recognized nationally for program innovation and management excellence. Welcoming adults, teens, and children of all musical abilities, 50 teaching artists reach more than 33,000 people in four states with educational programs, concerts, workshops, and community partnerships. CCMS has received major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hearst Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Jane’s Trust, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Music School has earned honors including the Governor’s Arts Award for Cultural Access Leadership; Riverbend’s Champion for Mental Health; Greater Concord’s Favorite Musical Instruction from Parenting New Hampshire Magazine; and New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Music School for Everyone.

About Eastern Bank

Founded in 1818 and based in Boston, Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $10 billion in assets and over 120 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has topped more than $100 million in charitable giving over the past 20 years.  An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900 deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues and communities. Join us for good at www.easternbank.com.